Academic Integrity



For the official statement of policy on this matter as passed by the Academic Senate, see:

SJSU School of Information AI Assisted Software Academic Integrity Policy

v1 adopted on September 14, 2023

The use of ChatGPT and any other AI-assisted software must be cited as a reference source, to be consistent with the requirement to cite reference and quotations where ideas and sentences are used from other sources. Failure to cite the use of any AI-assisted software constitutes a violation of SJSU policy F15-7 and the School of Information’s academic integrity policy.

This policy is not exhaustive. If students are uncertain as to how to proceed with the use of AI-assisted software in their coursework, it is their responsibility to confer with the instructor of that particular course.

In the APA editorial style, you are to cite the use of AI-Assisted software as follows:

  1. For the in-text citations (places in the narrative where you used the tool)

(OpenAI, 2023)

  1. For the reference

OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT (Sep 14 version) [Large language model].

For more about how to cite ChatGPT and other AI-assisted software, refer to APA.


Academic Dishonesty Procedures

Basically, an instructor has the following options if they determine that student work has been plagiarized (student’s willingness to admit to infraction is an important factor):

  • lower a grade on an assignment
  • assign a zero for an assignment
  • lower the final course grade
  • assign an “F” grade for the course

Helping Students to Avoid Plagiarism

Sometimes students are not clear about what constitutes plagiarism. The King Library has put together three videos that include why and how to avoid plagiarism and what is copyright infringement and fair use. King Library: Plagiarism Graduate Level.

SJSU has a license to use Turnitin to help detect copied work. Typically this is done as part of the Canvas Assignment Manager.